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Posts Made By: Surly
Board: The VENT 01-11-2020, 06:29 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By Surly
What we think of

Cheating, and what objectively is cheating, is commonplace and allowed by a lot of teachers because they don’t want to deal with the inevitable bus wheels to their spines when parents complain to...
Board: The VENT 01-04-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 33
Posted By Surly
“School policy is not relevant”

That statement reflects the entire problem. Parents think that we aren’t allowed to set rules, just as every other organization or institution does.

Of course, when administrators regularly cower...
Board: The VENT 01-02-2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 33
Posted By Surly

I don’t have kids, but I like that approach.
Board: The VENT 01-02-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 33
Posted By Surly
Nothing surprises me

As far as parents excising their kids actions in any situation that involves schools.

I’m glad I don’t have any social media (other than this). People are always looking for attention by posting...
Board: The VENT 01-01-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By Surly

The actual facts of what happened are completely irrelevant. The administrators know you didn’t do it, but they’re pretending to believe the kid because it’s the politically expedient thing to do....
Board: The VENT 12-28-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By Surly
The chickens are coming home to roost

Similar to another thread on this board: in my state, it’s literally almost illegal to do anything other than reward kids for everything and anything they do. Obviously, kids think that if they’re...
Board: The VENT 12-08-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By Surly
I’m sorry

That really sucks. A lot of times evaluations are purely subjective and political. Your district sounds kind of like mine, where they chase out people who actually do a decent job.
Board: The VENT 11-30-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By Surly
It’s really not that much different

At my school, a public, low-SES institution. Many of the students are from families that receive government support. Opposite end of the spectrum, similar entitlement.
Board: The VENT 11-27-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 15
Posted By Surly
In my state

The school lunches are little more than highly refined sugar in the form of bread, breaded meats, fruits, and desserts. There isn’t much of a nutritional difference between breaded meat, bread, or a...
Board: The VENT 11-19-2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By Surly
Sounds like

The psycho babble that’s en vogue amongst the academic establishment right now. It’s the kind of nonsense that I’m sure is pushed in administrators’ and behavior specialists’ coursework. It’s crazy,...
Board: The VENT 11-08-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 21
Posted By Surly
There is a lot of pressure

From administrators to enable poor work ethic and short attention spans just to make their lives easier. I totally know what you mean about fear of getting in trouble for actually trying to hold kids...
Board: The VENT 11-03-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By Surly
Admittedly, I don’t know much about the

Particulars of PBIS, but that just sounds crazy to me. It’s not surprising to me in a way, though. It seems like underlying effect of every policy is to expect less out of kids and decrease their...
Board: The VENT 11-03-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By Surly

Almost all of them are afraid of parents. They rarely give any specific directives to leave themselves maximum flexibility to cave to parents.

Teaching experience is really important, I agree. I...
Board: The VENT 10-25-2019, 07:06 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By Surly
My experience:

The student’s demonstrative behavioral track record, and thus complete lack of credibility, doesn’t matter. Also, if, hypothetically, the entire incident had been caught on video and corroborated...
Board: The VENT 10-23-2019, 05:15 AM
Replies: 11
Posted By Surly
It’s just another reflection

Of how most administrators are only concerned with PR and style over substance. To them, all that matters is APPEARING to do something by posting images appeals to the senses rather than actually...
Board: The VENT 10-19-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 18
Posted By Surly
Regardless of how’s supposedly INTENDED

to be implemented, it doesn’t exactly take an MIT rocket scientist to see how most people in the real world are going implement it (i.e. let kids do whatever they want with total impunity and reward...
Board: The VENT 10-19-2019, 05:34 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Surly
From my experience

504 plans are a “Goldilocks” solution to appease parents: their kids get to do nothing and get answers given to them without the “stigma” of receiving special education services. And because a 504 is...
Board: The VENT 10-12-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Surly
As seenthelight

Says, it’s them. It’s also the adults who enable them. I know other adults who are the periphery of education and don’t actually work with kids will try to tell you it’s you and that there’s...
Board: The VENT 09-14-2019, 06:56 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By Surly
Whenever a parent or kid complains

About anything, no matter how egregious, administrators are incentivized to act as if they believe the kid or parents, even if they know better. It's all about self-preservation and CYA. There is no...
Board: The VENT 09-14-2019, 04:01 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By Surly
I can totally believe it

The fact that these armchair quarterbacks didn't keep homeschooling the kid, even though they know everything (despite having no real-world teaching experience or formal pedagogical training), says...
Board: The VENT 08-31-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By Surly
I've dealt with this for years

No disrespect to anybody else, but kids usually want to drop my classes because I'm a tougher teacher who will make them do more. Kids often intentionally say that stuff around you just to get under...
Board: The VENT 08-31-2019, 05:15 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By Surly
Let me guess

What she told them at orientation was a bunch of "research-based" textbook jargon rather than speaking to them like humans. A lot of these specialists are only incentivized to make excuses for kids'...
Board: The VENT 08-18-2019, 05:10 AM
Replies: 17
Posted By Surly
I know the type

Some of these masters degree types have no teaching experience, yet they act like know-it-alls about education. I've never worked at a district with a behavior specialist, and I don't blame anybody...
Board: The VENT 08-16-2019, 03:50 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By Surly
I know you didn't mean any harm

but the less you say in most situations, the better. It's not so much about being cold; it's a matter of self-preservation. It is possible to convey to students that you care about them without...
Board: The VENT 08-10-2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By Surly
I know politics play a role in

Every profession, but it does seem more prevalent in education. I think it has to do with how administrators see the profession. Despite their lip service about the importance of our job, they don't...

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